Yesterday we endevoured to become more aware of the issue with our oceans, their coral and ultimately tie it back to us and how we mess with the environment.  We now have some understanding that a degree or two can mean the difference between humans feeling and being alright and us having a fever which is a stress response to something (like a bacteria or virus).  The oceans are just as fragile to a degree or two of change.  Organisms that are able to survive and thrive in this environment are built to do so at a temperature range that is hardwired into our genetics.  Coral and how they live in tandem with their environment do not do increases in temperature well.  Their stress response is sad and shocking taking only days to occur when the temperature of the ocean water increases.fractionally.  The stress response comes from the killing off of the algae inside the pallops which causes the coral to start to starve.  This in turn causes the coral to bleach out – to bare their skeleton and ultimate leads in short time to their death… There is nothing sadder then a coral that is crying out for help and no one is listen.

I know sometimes the out of sight, out of mind excuse is given.  I too do not have a good frame of reference for ocean life having never more then dipped a toe into it (perhaps an ankle).  So in an effort to bring a real experience to my students I sought out the documentary ‘Chasing Coral’ (available on Netflix) and then my husband (@bloggucation) and I bought VR googles so that my students could experience ocean life, the coral as if they were there…

Here are some 360 videos to help with this experience.